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TreKronor's avatar

I felt hockey players were ALWAYS good at keeping the team’s cap needs in mind when negotiating contracts - at least for the teams that succeeded.  They knew that if they took too much of the pie, that was going to really make it tough for the organization going forward.

That all seemed to change when Toews and Kane took those massive contracts.  I thought they would “take one for the team” and take a bit of a pay cut so the Hawks could keep some of their young, aspiring talent, but instead they took fat contracts.  Since then, there has been a lot more of this throughout the league where the stars are getting as much as they can.

As we’ve seen, this has really hurt the Hawks and I would expect to see it put the Oilers and Stars in similar positions with a couple of their stars making some big money.  On the other hand, Tampa did a great job signing talent at reasonable prices.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/03/18 at 01:12 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

I get what Shanny is driving at, and I sort of agree with what he is saying without saying it. There is no doubt guys in Detroit took “hometown discounts” to allow Mr. I to bring in free agents. However, that was is a non-cap world (self imposed cap maybe).

The thing that frustrates me the most is that teams now develop their players and build strong clubs, but eventually they are kind of forced to tear it down. Teams can’t keep their own guys let alone bring in a Free agent (Tavares not included). Really how many big free agents hit the open market who are under 30??

Toronto hasn’t even gotten to the top yet, and are already facing Cap implications. It just doesn’t make sense to me how the current system works.

Posted by Down River Dan on 10/03/18 at 01:18 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

In other words, he wont play for what we want to pay him so I’ll passive aggressively slander him to the media.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/03/18 at 03:25 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

Sorry Hoot ... I don’t think Shanny is being passive aggressive.

He’s trying to explain to Nylander that money isn’t everything.
A real pro ... a real adult, will compromise ... take a little less now for the good of the team so you can win and make memories & friendships that last a lifetime.

Kids can’t project themselves 30 or 40 years into the future to see themselves coming back for a Cup reunion. All they can think of is today ... I wants my money NOW.

He’s just trying to explain to Nylander what he and many others did for the Red Wings and what the results were.

Its like leading a horse to water ... some will do the smart thing and drink now because you never know when you’ll get back to the waterhole ... some will be stubborn and not even look at the water.

He’s hoping Nylander will “grow up” and do the adult (smart) thing for his and his teammates futures.

An elder who’s been there trying to impart wisdom on someone who hasn’t is not passive aggressive.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 10/03/18 at 04:53 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

An elder who’s been there trying to impart wisdom on someone who hasn’t is not passive aggressive.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 10/03/18 at 05:53 PM ET

All well said HW.  It would be inappropriate to me if it was Lou Lamoriello saying this.  But it’s a former player and a guy who won.

Posted by TreKronor on 10/03/18 at 05:12 PM ET


INylander is too greedy. Shanahan and Dubas should stand their ground.

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 10/03/18 at 08:03 PM ET

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